The researchers at the Indiana University of Medicine found a method to use electricity to fight bacterial infections. A novel dressing has been seen as a positive outlook for the treatment of bacterial biofilm infections.
Bacterial biofilms are the type of bacteria, which help to develop on wounds after a post-surgical infection or burn infections. These bacteria generate their own electricity by using their own electric field to communicate, which makes them tough to treat.
According to the research published in the journal, ‘Annals of Surgery’, the researchers Sashwati Roy and Chandan Sen led the development of the dressing, which uses an electric field to disrupt biofilm infection.
Chandan Sen, the director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering said that the research study shows that with the use of an electroceutical dressing the bacterial biofilm can be disrupted.
He further said that there can be an implication across surgery as the presence of biofilm may lead to many complications after the successful surgical outcomes. These type of textiles is considered for serving as hospital fabric.
The researchers found that the dressing is not only a successful way of fighting bacterial but when it is combined with other medications it can even make treatment more effective. This study has the potential to develop significant changes in the direction of the physicians in treating patients with the help of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
The dressing also helps to prevent new biofilm infections that can be formed in the near future. The electrochemically dressing generated about 1 volt of electricity with the body fluids such as blood or wound fluid that is not enough to hurt patient.